Products I Finished – March 2018

I introduced a series in March called “Products I Finished” to share beauty and lifestyle products in my collection that I had completed in the previous month. It’s hard to believe in just one month, I began to realize what products I purchased too frequently (cough, cough lip balm) and what products had expiration dates approaching soon.

Leading to this lovely stash of skincare and makeup ’empties’ in March 2018!

Related: Products I Finished – February 2018

Products I Finished – March 2018


Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray

I thought thermal spring water sprays were a placebo product till I watched a famous French spa esthetician on YouTube incorporate it into her skincare routine. She explained that France’s tap water is hard and can be drying on the skin which is why they were the first to create micellar waters and thermal spring water sprays. I spray the spring water on my face after cleansing and then apply my hyaluronic acid serum immediately. You can notice a difference because the hyaluronic acid is soaking up the French Spring Water rather than the tap water and keeping your skin even more hydrated.

Re-Purchase? YES. (C$18.29 – 150ml)

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

If I could sign up for a subscribe and save on this Drunk Elephant product, I would. This hydrating gel serum is sandwiched between my thin hyaluronic acid serums and my emollient-rich cream. My favourite ingredient in this serum is pineapple ceramide which helps restore and protect your skin’s moisture barrier. I only use one pump twice a day because I want to savour the product since it’s such an investment.

Re-Purchase? YES. (C$64 – 50ml)

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

After three months of using this product, I finally finished my 453g tub of goodness. I was recommended it by my dermatologist and purchase it because it’s full of ceramides and hyaluronic acid. I apply the emollient-rich and non-comedogenic fragrance-free cream after my serums to make sure I lock them in before applying my sunscreen in the morning or my occlusive at night. If you are new to moisturizing I really recommend giving this cream a try because the ingredients are amazing and the price is so right.

Re-Purchase? YES. (C$25.49 – 453g)

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment Travel Size

I can admit that this stuff is practically magic vaseline. It is loaded with wonderful ingredients like lanolin, glycerin, and panthenol that are hydrating and have the ability to heal dry cracked skin. It is also a multipurpose product that can be both used as an ointment or lip balm. I prefer the travel size Eucerin Aquaphor because the product cannot be contaminated as easily as the jar version can.

Re-Purchase? YES. (C$10.99 – 50g)


CoverGirl Peacock Flare Waterproof Mascara

When I use mascara, I want there to be some sort of ‘wow’ factor be it giving volume or lengthening my lashes. This CoverGirl mascara didn’t make the cut and I’m not interested in re-purchasing it. However, it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like it because there was no smudging, flaking, or clumping.

Re-Purchase? NO. (C$9.97 – 10ml)

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream

This is one of those makeup products where you try to make yourself like it because so many others do. Before purchasing it, I read so many five star reviews on this CC+ Cream because of its hydrating ingredients, medium to full coverage, and 50+ SPF sunscreen. However, every time I used it I felt like I got a couple of small pimples after wearing it and I think it was my skin reacting to the lemon oil, orange oil, and other ‘natural fragrances’ they’ve added to the foundation.

Re-Purchase? NO. (C$49 – 32ml)

Lip Smacker Candy Cane Lip Balm (Limited Edition)

I treated myself to this lip balm in the holiday season of 2017 and completely finished it in about four months. The reason why it took so long to finish this lip balm was that it had too much product and I became tired of the candy cane flavour once the holiday season passed. Plus, it had a thick pale pink residue.

Re-Purchase? NO. ($4.95 – 17g)

Lip Smacker Disney Emoji Mickey #IceCreamBar Lip Balm

I purchased this lip balm solely for the packaging and my love of Disney. I finished it quickly and the lip balm itself was poorly designed and would open up in my handbag. Not to mention, the lip balm was in ice cream parlour flavour and had a thick white residue.

Re-Purchase? NO. ($4.95 – 7.4g)


CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

This was a sample I received from my dermatologist before purchasing the larger tub of cream.

Purchase? YES. (C$25.49 – 453g)

Eucerin Eczema Relief Flare Up Treatment

Another cream sample from my dermatologist that didn’t improve my eczema patches.

Purchase? NO. (C$19.79 – 57g)

Listerine Zero Antiseptic Mouthwash

This was a sample I received from my dentist. It is basically the name brand version of Exact Alcohol-Free Antiseptic Mouthwash I was using.

Purchase? MAYBE. (C$11.99 – 1l)

Narsisco Rodriguez For Her L’Absolu Perfume

My thoughts go back and forth on this perfume sample because the scent was intoxicating and memorable. It is also long-lasting, strong, and has notes of jasmine. Every time I wore it, my mom always mentioned that she was going to steal the sample from me. It would be a well-suited perfume for someone who is more mature and in their 30s.

Purchase? MAYBE. (C$144 – 98ml)

Versace Bright Crystal Perfume

A refreshing scent with notes of pomegranate, peony, lotus flower, and more. The lasting power was not that long and the scent wasn’t memorable on my skin. It’s nothing like those perfumes infused with pheromones for men and women, of course, see this is the type of scent you want. A sweet inviting smell that is going to have an effect on people wherever you go. In fact, this is what perfumes are meant to do! I don’t want any more of those short-lasting scents that fade away, it’s a waste of money!

Purchase? NO. (C$126 – 90ml)


Dove Advanced Care Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant

Is deodorant technically a beauty product? There was nothing special or surprising about this deodorant but I do not appreciate the glitter and I do not want it anywhere near my armpits.

Re-Purchase? NO. (C$6.59 – 48g)

Exact Alcohol-Free Antiseptic Mouthwash

Last month, I reviewed a toothpaste – so this month I’m reviewing a mouthwash. My consensus? It came in a litre bottle, it was inexpensive, and it didn’t burn the inside of my mouth.

Re-Purchase? MAYBE. (C$4.25 – 1l)

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Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto Music Teacher, Social Media Specialist, and Public Speaker. Founder of Laurel Musical.

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